Evangeline Lilly Says Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' Wasn't Marvel Enough
Right now the cast of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is making publicity rounds since the film is just two weeks away from hitting theaters. And that's why Buzzfeed caught up with Evangeline Lilly, where the conversation eventually turned to Marvel's Ant-Man. The actress, who's playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), actually had some pretty interesting insight on the publicized departure of director Edgar Wright, a big part of the reason much of the cast signed on to the comic book film. In short, Lilly says that what Wright wanted to do with the film was great, but she says that it might have been too far out of Marvel's wheelhouse to mesh with the grand scheme of their cinematic universe.
First, Lilly was asked how she felt when Wright left the production:
"Shocked. And mortified, at first. Actually, I wouldn’t say mortified. You know, a creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start. But we all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, 'Well, if it’s because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I’m not interested in being in this movie.' Which is what I was afraid of.”
Lilly goes on to talk about the differences in Wright's vision and Marvel's plans:
“I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic, a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.”
So while it sounds like Edgar Wright would have directed the hell out of Ant-Man, perhaps the director just had too strong of a vision to fit in with that Marvel had planned. But at the same time, it's disappointing that Marvel isn't willing to let directors infuse more of a variety of styles into their films to make each more distinct. If there's one complaint Marvel naysayers have, it's that the films are a little too similar to each other in story, theme and style. However, Marvel did let James Gunn have a decent amount of freedom with Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the biggest outliers, and look how great that turned out. It's not like comic books are all the same, so maybe the films should be a little more diverse as well. Anyway, hopefully Ant-Man still turns out all right next year. Thoughts?